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August 2017

Homeland Security

Catch Up Quick: The Dark Web, Zero Days, ISIS, and More

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Laura Patton

Laura Patton

Legislative Analyst, Terrorism and Homeland Security


Featured Research


Binary code on a sunset over water by Eileen Delson La Russo/RAND, adapted from images by Agil_Leonardo, Matejmo, and Byakkaya/Getty Images

REPORT: Behind the Curtain: The Illicit Trade of Firearms, Explosives, and Ammunition on the Dark Web

REPORT: Zero Days, Thousands of Nights: The Life and Times of Zero-Day Vulnerabilities and Their Exploits

OP-ED: Why It's So Hard to Stop a Cyberattack—and Even Harder to Fight Back

REPORT: Stateless Attribution: Toward International Accountability in Cyberspace

Terrorist Financing

Firefighters put out fires at oil wells that were set ablaze by Islamic State militants before they fled the oil-producing region of Qayyara, Iraq, January 28, 2017, photo by Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

OP-ED: ISIS is So Desperate It’s Turning to the Drug Trade

REPORT: The Future of ISIL's Finances

OP-ED: Are Terrorists Using Cryptocurrencies?

REPORT: National Security Implications of Virtual Currency


RAND research on terrorism

OP-ED: Can We Predict Where Terrorists Will Strike Next?

TESTIMONY AND VIDEO: The Terrorist Diaspora: After the Fall of the Caliphate

REPORT: Rolling Back the Islamic State

TESTIMONY: Rebuilding the Base: How Al-Qaida Could Resurge

Countering Violent Extremism

News conference after the attack at Pulse nightclub

OP-ED: Domestic Terrorism: Weighing the Challenges

REPORT: Development and Pilot Test of the RAND Program Toolkit for Countering Violent Extremism

REPORT: Empowering ISIS Opponents on Twitter

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